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3:15 PM ET, May 17, 2015


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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
He Is Heavy.  He's My Brother.  —  WASHINGTON — IT isn't about what we know now.  —  It's about what we knew then.  —  It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday, that “any president would have likely taken the same action Bush did with the information he had.”
Washington Post:
Large GOP field has party leaders anxious about their chances in '16  —  DES MOINES — To take back the White House after eight years in the political wilderness, Republicans think they must soften their image and expand their appeal in particular to women and Latino voters.
Discussion: The Reaction
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Iraq War Judged a Mistake by Today's White House Hopefuls
Discussion: Politico
Sacramento Bee:
Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez appears to disparage American Indians  —  At California Democratic Party convention, Senate candidate makes whooping gesture Attorney General Kamala Harris calls it ‘shocking’ Sanchez would not say if gesture was an appropriate one
Peter Jamison / Los Angeles Times:
Kamala Harris calls Loretta Sanchez's Native American ‘war cry’ shocking  —  U.S. Senate candidate and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was at a loss for words Saturday when told that her principal opponent, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Santa Ana, had been videotaped making a joke …
Discussion: LAist and Mediaite
New York Times:
The Right Baits the Left to Turn Against Hillary Clinton  —  WASHINGTON — A Twitter post recently caught the eye of Bill McKibben, the environmental advocate and godfather of the Keystone XL pipeline protests.  It included an image from “The Simpsons” showing Homer and his family basking …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Peter Schweizer / USA Today:
Stephanopoulos, ABC have not fully disclosed Clinton ties: Schweizer  —  ABC's anchor much closer to Hillary's foundation than he told his viewers.  —  Fact-driven, fair, aggressive journalism animates American politics.  As an investigative journalist, I am accustomed to asking tough questions.
Jim Messina / Politico:
Why the GOP can't get no satisfaction  —  My British experience — including advice from Mick Jagger — taught me that the Republican Party could end up like Ed Miliband.  —  Lead image by Getty.  —  One of the savviest political observers I've come across is Mick Jagger.
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Al Sharpton's daughter sues city for $5M after spraining ankle  —  She learned at the feet of a master.  —  Shakedown artist Al Sharpton's eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers after she fell in the street and sprained her ankle, court rec­ords show.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Patriot Act on life support  —  A stalemate in the Senate would leave the FBI and National Security Agency (NSA) without powers they have used to track terrorists for years, say supporters of the Patriot Act.  —  Without action by the end of the month, key provisions of the Patriot Act will expire …
Discussion: Fox News and Political Wire
Daily Mail:
What IS this strange sound from the sky?  Noise heard across the globe for nearly a DECADE - but nobody has an explanation  — Similar outbursts have been captured on countries around the world including the U.S., Ukraine, Germany and Belarus  —  A mysterious noise from the sky is continuing …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Appears to Have Acquired GPS Firm Coherent Navigation  —  In one of its latest efforts to bolster its mapping capabilities, Apple appears to have acquired Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area GPS-related firm founded in 2008 by engineers from Stanford and Cornell.
New York Times:
Housing Apartheid, American Style  —  The riots that erupted in Baltimore last month were reminiscent of those that consumed cities all over the country during the 1960s.  This rage and unrest was thoroughly explained five decades ago by President Lyndon Johnson's National Advisory Commission …
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Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President, Sources Say
Discussion: CNN and The Week
Jennifer Shutt / Politico:
Mitch McConnell confident Senate will pass trade bill
Discussion: ABC News
Catherine Saint Louis / New York Times:
New Challenge for Police: Finding Pot in Lollipops and Marshmallows
David McCabe / The Hill:
George W. Bush defends religious liberty
 Earlier Items: 
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Food industry braces for Obama trans fat ban
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Nicole Winfield / Associated Press:
Discussion: Truth Revolt and Washington Times